2023 F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Free Practice 3 results

Jamie Woodhouse
A Formula 1 banner with Mexican Grand Prix branding.

Mexican Grand Prix promotional banner.

Max Verstappen made it a clean sweep for Mexican GP practice, but he could face competition from Williams in the pole position fight.

Williams surprised themselves with their strong start to the race weekend, and now they will have even more data to figure out as Alex Albon heads into qualifying off the back of a P2 finish in the final practice session, only 0.07s shy of Verstappen.

It was a rather slow start to the final hour of practice in Mexico, Mercedes settling into an early one-two, headed by George Russell, while Pierre Gasly found himself going for a spin on entry to the stadium section, thankfully escaping with nothing more than a ruined flying lap, while Kevin Magnussen was battling handling issues in the Haas.

Verstappen settled back into his familiar P1 though as the session ticked past halfway, his 1:18.429 putting him a couple of tenths up on Russell and three-tenths clear of team-mate Sergio Perez.

Alex Albon though was in the mood to put Williams back in the conversation, clocking a 1:17.957 for the pack to chase, only Verstappen up to the challenge.

But, with Albon a mere 0.07s down on Verstappen, could we have a shock contender for pole?

Ferrari go into qualifying at something of a wildcard, with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz having seen their push laps on the softs end via Magnussen and Lance Stroll impedes respectively.

FP3 times

1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing 1:17.887
2 Alexander ALBON Williams +0.070
3 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing +0.139
4 George RUSSELL Mercedes +0.361
5 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren +0.505
6 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo +0.550
7 Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri +0.563
8 Lando NORRIS McLaren +0.593
9 Daniel RICCIARDO AlphaTauri +0.612
10 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +0.635
11 Logan SARGEANT Williams +0.831
12 Guanyu ZHOU Alfa Romeo +1.030
13 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +1.083
14 Lance STROLL Aston Martin +1.207
15 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari +1.406
16 Nico HULKENBERG Haas F1 Team +1.433
17 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin +1.584
18 Pierre GASLY Alpine +1.622
19 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team +1.686
20 Esteban OCON Alpine +1.952